Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where do...read more

How to Avoid Survey Fatigue

Ever get tired of eating leftovers for three days in a row? Well, just like leftover fatigue, your customers can also get survey fatigue. With so many companies sending out surveys looking for feedback on a product that was just purchased or a service that was just completed, companies need to find...read more

Low to High or High to Low - Scale Design

Scales in market research share a similar purpose with those devices found in bathrooms, gyms and doctors offices. They are both designed to measure. In one case it may be our physical weight, while in the other it may be the importance of an attribute or attitude. In the context of B2B and consumer...read more

Scale Design Q&A

Where to begin is a question frequently heard in market research. Yet, when it comes to survey design this question cannot be asked often enough. A particular example that has significant ramifications on satisfaction scores is where to start the scale? There is a significant body of research around...read more

Surveying Seniors and Other Difficult to Reach Populations

Much of the change in the market research industry revolves around moving data collection online. Tools such as Cvent are excellent at collecting survey data interactively, yet they are also capable of producing easy to read print surveys. Why in this day of the Internet would you want to print and...read more

Three Things to be Thankful For (When it Comes to Surveys)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have a lot to be thankful for. In the world of feedback, it might seem like we couldn’t be thankful for anything more than feedback itself. Well, even though getting feedback is great, it’s all about how we collect it, what we do with it and how we...read more

Testing the Emotional Component of Advertising

Advertising is still big business with billions of dollars each year being spent on both the creation of advertising and refinement of the media selected to convey those messages. This is occurring in spite of a changing and more fragmented media landscape which is seeing a declining interest in...read more

Going, Going, Gone to Mobile

Pete Townshend once sang about goin’ mobile. Now marketers and researchers are singing the same tune. The trend toward all things mobile continues unabated. This is one of those trends I certainly agree with, but as researchers we need to approach it with respect and understanding. It is not a trend...read more

Should We Use Incentives for Survey Response?

We seem to need an incentive nowadays before we are willing to do anything. As our lives have become busier, taking even a few minutes for a survey can be perceived as time wasted. This has led to an increasing reliance on incentives to motivate survey response. In the days of old it was common to...read more

Inspiring Leaders: What’s the Secret?

Employee engagement is a hot topic these days and not in a good way. A recent study by Gallup uncovered that seven out of 10 employees have “checked out” and/or are "actively disengaged." This statistic is alarming ‒ only about 30% of your workforce is engaged? Scary thought. This got me thinking...read more
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